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The-Dream Heads To SA In Mandela-Inspired 'Black'

The-Dream heads to Langa Township, SA in the video for his Mandela-inspired "Black."


The-Dream heads to Langa (the same Cape Town locality where Solange shot) in the video for his all-encompassing anti-oppression song "Black." The visuals run through a collage of marchers from contemporary socio-political movements — Occupy Nigeria, FEMEN, Ukranian & Venezuelan protestors, Occupy Wall Street, LGBT activists —  standing up to an unnamed military force. The-Dream said that the song was inspired by Nelson MandelaAnd I'll never be Mr. Madiba/I'm gonna thank you next time I see you, he sings in the bridge, while also name-checking the likes of  Malcolm XMartin Luther King, Jr., and Marvin Gaye. It's a pretty broad and all-inclusive message against racism, classicism, political oppression & discrimination, but also a fairly powerful one. Watch the Daniel Sannwald-directed video for "Black" below.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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